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Keep Austin Wired – Formula One Comes to Town October 21-23


Keep Austin Wired – Formula One Comes to Town October 21-23


It’s just two weeks until the Formula 1 USGP comes to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin for the fifth time since the Inaugural Race here in 2012.

Parking lots open at 7 am on Friday, October 21st (the first day of practice), and the gates open an hour later at 8 am.

The 3-day race weekend includes Formula 1, Masters Historic Racing, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, as well as two music concerts. Grammy winner Taylor Swift (Formula 1/Swift – get it? Ed.) performs on Saturday night, October 22nd, and The Weekend rocks the stage on Sunday, October 23rd, for the post-race concert. Both concerts are free for fans in attendance on the day of the concert. They will both take place on the new Super Stage Festival Lawn, which affords spectacular views for tens of thousands of fans from the large hillside facing the stage.

In addition, COTA has made several improvements to the facility since last year’s heavy rains washed out portions of the track infrastructure. There are now 12,000 upgraded parking spots, improved downtown shuttle service to and from the track with guaranteed wait times, and for those parking on-site, there is a new road with direct access to Highway 71 which should help alleviate post-race traffic delays. Plus, all restrooms, concessions, and loading zones this year will be on solid ground and mud free. Tickets are still available. Parking is extra.

Shuttle buses are also available from the downtown Austin Convention Center, the Toney Burger Center in South Austin and the Travis County Expo Center in Northeast Austin. Parking at either the Travis County Expo Center or the Toney Burger Center is free.

We recommend using these free parking options on Saturday and Sunday, when the shuttles run continuously; because downtown parking can be expensive.

The best prices on everything – as usual – are online, not at the gate. For additional information and to buy tickets, parking passes, or shuttle passes go to:

Austin-based contributor Alan Pease will be providing regular updates prior to the race weekend.

Alan Pease is our Central Texas correspondent. He covers state and local government, as well as racing events at the Circuit of the Americas. His articles have appeared in Autoweek, and Automotive News. Prior to joining our staff, Alan produced automotive and motorcycle press introductions for BMW, MINI, Aston Martin, Jaguar and GM. Alan lives in Austin; you can reach him at

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